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Common Fossils that can be found at the Lost River Devonian Site in West Virginia




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  • Fossils that can be found at the Lost River Site in West Virginia


    A ~390 Million Year Old Devonian Reef
    Early - Middle Devonian - The Needmore Formation





    Fossil That Can Be Found At The Lost River, WV Site Include: Trilobites, Coral, Brachiopods,

    Eldredgeops (Phacops) rana Trilobites:
    Fossil Trilobite - Phacops Rana - West Virginia

    This is a complete Eldredgeops (Phacops) Trilobite from the Fossil Site.

    It flaked right out of the matrix when found. Luckily it didn't break.

    Formation:Needmore    Age:Devonian 390 m.y.     Location:West Virginia    Size:1 3/4" (35 mm)   





    Fossil Enrolled Trilobite - Phacops Rana - West Virginia

    This is an enrolled Eldredgeops (Phacops) Trilobite from the Fossil Site.
    It's a little smashed, one eye is visible.

    Formation:Needmore    Age:Devonian 390 m.y.     Location:West Virginia    Size:~1" (25 mm)   





    Fossil Partial Trilobite - Phacops Rana - West Virginia

    As with most sites, the TrilObites found here usually look like this: Partials and Molts.


    Formation:Needmore    Age:Devonian 390 m.y.     Location:West Virginia   





    Corals:


    Trachypora sp.
    Trachypora coral fossil - West Virginia

    This is a Trachypora coral. It's a colony of branching coral.
    This type of coral is spread out over the rocks at this site. "runners" that stretch for at least foot can be found throughout the rocks.

    When found, specimens are encrusted with a thin layer of shale, and need dissolved in a very weak solution of acid to reveal the actual blue/grey coral (shown here).
    Also, specimens are usually broken into numerous pieces, this one is glued together back into its original shape.
    Also, it is very 3-D, which doesnt show up very well in this flat picture.

    Formation:Needmore    Age:Devonian 390 m.y.     Location:West Virginia   





    Solitary Coral Polyp Fossil - West Virginia

    This is a type of solitary coral that is found throught the Needmore Formation. They are usually smaller than the one imaged here.

    Formation:Needmore    Age:Devonian 390 m.y.     Location:West Virginia   






    Brachiopods:


    Rhipidomella sp.
    Trachypora coral fossil - West Virginia

    This is a fairly common brachiopod that can be found at the site. Like the other fossils, they are very fragile.



    Formation:Needmore    Age:Devonian 390 m.y.     Location:West Virginia